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Day off may have saved worker’s life as car runs into business

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A trip to Texas may have saved one woman’s life when a car plowed into a Wilmington business this morning.

Police say a woman was on her way home from an 8-hour shift at UNCW when she lost control of her vehicle. Investigators say Gloria Wheeler smashed into Interim Healthcare on Dawson Street around 7 a.m. They say Wheeler does not remember anything after making the turn.

Interim’s owner Stephen Smith says there is normally someone at the front desk around that time of day, but that employee is on vacation.

Now Smith is trying to pick up the pieces.

“Obviously our priority is to get the building secured, and then so we’ll be looking at a temporary working situation,” he said.

Wheeler was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police say she has no serious injuries. She will be charged with reckless driving.

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